Neighbor spots severely burned dog, calls Wisconsin Humane Society to rescue him

Despite burns, he's healing well
Posted at 10:21 PM, Mar 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-23 12:31:32-04

A severely burned dog is getting a second chance at life after he was found on Milwaukee's northwest side more than a week ago.

The Wisconsin Humane Society is not sure if someone intentionally burned him or it was an accident, but he was left without treatment until someone called for him to be picked up.

It's hard to tell from his personality, but Humphrey the dog has survived the worst. He has burn scars all over his back and tail and down his legs.

"When they found him he was at a vacant property and he was significantly injured all over his body," said Angela Speed, Vice President of Communications for the Wisconsin Humane Society.

The two-year-old mix was bleeding from open sores all over. He was spotted by a neighbor near 35th and Clark Streets.

"He was by the garbage cans and stuff," said Narvette Winston. 

She was worried about the young children in the neighborhood when she saw him. Winston said Humphrey was so hurt, she was not sure if he would attack anyone who tried to help, so she had her family call animal control. She knew from the wounds something terrible had happened to him.

"Somebody must have burned the dog or done something to the dog," Winston said.

Humphrey was burned on more than 20 percent of his body. Despite the severity of his injuries, he has been healing pretty quickly. And through everything he went through, his spirit was never broken.

"It had to have been excruciatingly painful, but every person he see he goes up to with his wiggly little butt. He just wants to say hello. He just wants love," Speed said.

Humphrey will stay with a foster family as he continues to heal. The Wisconsin Humane Society expects to put him up for adoption in about a month.